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The give and take between semiotics and second-order cybernetics.
Fulltext at http://cepa.info/4150
In this paper, I describe what I consider to be some of the similarities between semiotics and second-order cybernetics. Particular attention is paid to the importance of interpretation and recursion in both fields. A distinction is made between the concept of representation in representational realism and representation as the stand-for relationship. Two models derived from cybernetic theory, ‘a recursive theory of communication’ and ‘levels of experience, ’ are discussed from a semiotic perspective and possible educational implications are described
The construction of information and communication: A cybersemiotic reentry into Heinz von Foerster’s metaphysical construction of second-order cybernetics.
This article praises the development of second order cybernetics by von Foerster, Maturana, and Varela as an important step in deepening our un- derstanding of the bio-psychological foundation of the dynamics of information, cognition, and communication. Luhmann’s development of the theory into the realm of social communication is seen as a necessary and important move. The triple autopoietic differentiation between biological, psychologi- cal, and social-communicative autopoiesis and the introduction of a technical concept of meaning is central. Finally, the paper shows that second order cybernetics lacks explicit and ontological concepts of emotion, meaning, and a concept of signs. C. S. Peirce’s theory is introduced for this purpose. It is then shown, through Varela’s development of Spencer Brown’s ‘Laws of Form’ from a dual to a dynamic triadic categorical structure, that both theories are triadic and second order, and therefore can be fruitfully fused to a Cybersemiotics.
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”Because” and the concepts of causation.
Fulltext at http://cepa.info/1321
German translation: Chapter 4 in
Glasersfeld E. von (1987) Wissen, Sprache und Wirklichkeit
, Chapter 2 in
Glasersfeld E. von (1987) The construction of knowledge: Contributions to conceptual semantics
On semiosis, Umwelt, and semiosphere.
Jakob von Uexküll: An introduction.
Fulltext at http://cepa.info/2405
The interest in Jakob von Uexküll in semiotics is obvious – he was a starter and pioneer of the semiotic approach in biology in thetwentieth century. The extension of semiotics from humanities, wheresemiotics has been centered during the period of its most intensive develo-pment, to the field of biology, has taken place gradually, with the mostdecisive steps taken onlyvery recently. The conclusion of this development is most fundamental – sign systems embrace all living systems, and the roots of semiotics lie in biology. On the other hand, Uexküll’s main ideawas to build up a biology which can handle the vital processes, and whichcan include the subject, the living self; or life itself, in the sense of Robert Rosen…
Biological roots of musical epistemology: Functional cycles, Umwelt, and enactive listening.
Fulltext at http://cepa.info/4138
This article is about musical epistemology. Rather than stating that music, as an artefact, is ‘out there’, ready to be discovered, I claim that music knowledge must be generated, as a product of development, and that music cognition is not a path towards a true understanding of the music as an ontological category, but a tool for adaptation to the sonic world.
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